Maine

Hugh Stewart
Local Experts: Maine, Brian Kevin

By Local Expert Brian Kevin

Maine’s Best Island Day Trips

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Isle au Haut

Isle au Haut

The town center on Isle au Haut shuts down in winter, and there’s not much there in summer besides a general store and curio shop. But that’s not what attracts visitors to this hilly island six miles south of Stonington — they come for craggy beaches and twenty-ish miles of forested trails in the rarely visited unit of Acadia National Park that makes up half the island.

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Monhegan

Monhegan

Edward Hopper is among the legions of artists who’ve come to Monhegan to paint its dramatic cliffs and gray-shingled houses. The arts are still important to the island, and summer visitors wander among studios and galleries when they’re not hiking or beachcombing. Ferries leave from New Harbor and Port Clyde.

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Peaks Island

Peaks Island

Peaks is inside the Portland city limits, and most of the island’s year-round residents commutes via the Casco Bay Ferry. But it’s also a great place for biking, visiting galleries, or ducking into quirky sites like the Umbrella Cover Museum or the abandoned World War II hillside fortification called Battery Steele.

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Swan’s Island

Swan’s Island

The ferry from Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island brings summer visitors to quiet Swan’s Island, with its pretty lighthouse and lobsterboats bobbing in the harbor. Swan’s is a workingman’s island, and attractions like the Lobster & Marine Museum and an old granite quarry attest to blue-collar roots.

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Campobello Island

Campobello Island

Technically, Campobello Island is in Canada, but it’s accessed (by bridge) from the Down East town of Lubec, and its primary attraction is Roosevelt Campobello International Park, the one-time summer home of Franklin and Eleanor, administered by both countries. You do need a passport, but there’s no fee to visit the Roosevelts’ cottage and wander the seaside hiking trails.


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Campobello Island
459 Route 774, Welshpool NB E5E 1A4, Canada
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Swan’s Island
ME 04685, United States
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Portland, ME, United States
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Monhegan, ME 04852, United States
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Isle Au Haut, ME 04645, United States
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